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Celebrating Independence! A Brief History of Tanzania

December 9, 2014 marks the 53rd year of Tanzanian independence—an event celebrated across the country. In preparation for this celebration, let’s take a brief look back at Tanzania’s rich, deep rooted history and the events that transpired to help solidify it as a half-century long, independent African country. (more…)

November 22, 2014 at 11:20 am 1 comment

Zara Tours & the Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society Announce Porter of the Year

Zara Tours, currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country, and the Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society (MKPS) are pleased to recognize Mohamed Chipumbu as the 2013 MKPS Porter of the Year. This annual award is given to the best porter of the year on May 1, as a token of appreciation from Zara Tours and other sponsors.

Zara Tours created MKPS in 2004 to improve the working and living conditions of all porters on Mount Kilimanjaro and other hiking areas in Tanzania. The project is devoted to the local porters who care for and accompany the thousands of tourists making their trek up Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru each year. The MKPS supports the foundation’s 1,025 porters by:

  • Providing free education during low season, including: financial management, mountain sickness education, environmental conservation, English, family planning and health education
  • Making the health and safety of guides and porters a top priority
  • Providing year round employment
  • Preserving the environment through sustainable tourism
  • Supporting the porters’ families, as well as the entire local community

Last year, Zara Tours and MKPS trained 60 porters at the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA)—a skilled labour organization that ensures quality VET that meets market needs. A foundation committed to helping ensure financial stability for its porters, MKPS also worked to open savings accounts for 90% of the program’s porters as a way of getting each porter their salary and tips at the right time and in the correct amount.

For more information about Zara Tours or MKPS.


ZARA TOURS, founded in 1987, is currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country. ZARA TOURS owns and operates two hotels and five tented camps, has 88 safari and climbing expert guides who speak English, German and Spanish, and a fleet of fully-equipped vehicles that take tourists on safari adventures or treks up Mt. Kilimanjaro. ZARA TOURS is proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience.


July 24, 2014 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

ZARA TOURS Hosts Special Mt. Kilimanjaro Clean-Up Climb

Kilimanjaro Hiking Tour to Clean-up Mountain, Preserve for Future Generations

Tanzania, Africa – Twice a year, ZARA TOURS, a Tanzanian tour company, hosts a volunteer-based climb to help clean up Mount Kilimanjaro. The next opportunity to join this unique effort is April 25, 2014.

This Kilimanjaro hiking tour involves a six day trek along one of the most popular routes on the mountain: Machame. Climbers will spend no more than seven hours a day cleaning up debris as they go. It’s all part of the government’s solid waste management initiative, aimed at preserving the mountain climate and usability for future generations. (more…)

April 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm Leave a comment

Zara Tours Hosts Treks Up Kilimanjaro With Renowned Climber Macon Dunnagan

Summiting the Peak for Pleasure; Summiting the Peak for Charity

Zara Tours boasts the world's best African Safari ToursTanzania, Africa – Zara Tours is proud to announce upcoming Mt. Kilimanjaro climbs, taking place this summer in June and July. The climbs will feature guide, author, and expert climber Macon Dunnagan.

Dunnagan is proud to bring the summer climbs back to Tanzania for the 33rd and 34th time in a row. While his climbs are largely charitable in nature, his two treks this summer will focus on teaching climbers how to properly summit the 19,000 foot mountain.


March 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

Zara Tours Announces Purchase of New Equipment

Equipment to benefit tourists, employees, Tanzanian government

Tanzania, Africa – Zara Tours, Tanzania’s leading provider of Mt. Kilimanjaro tours, announced the purchase of a wide variety of new equipment to enhance the guest (tourist) experience, as well as maintain Zara Tours’ tradition of safety. Tents, sleeping bags and pads, porter’s bags and other essential climbing equipment were among the items recently purchased. (more…)

January 8, 2014 at 4:09 pm Leave a comment

The #1 Safari Destination in Africa is…

Tanzania safari companies recently celebrated an honor that was two years in the making. According to the acclaimed tourism site, Tanzania has been voted the best safari country in all of Africa, not just the northern safari circuit. (more…)

December 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment

Zara Tours Announces Completion Date for Maasai Preschool

Zara Tours is thrilled to announce that construction of the new Maasai preschool is scheduled to be completed in January of 2014. The preschool, which is being constructed in the Endulen Village of the Ngorongoro District, is being constructed with funds from Zara Tanzania Charity, Zara Tours, Africa Safari and the Reinhold Beitlich Stiftung Foundation. (more…)

December 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

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